Wednesday, April 25, 2012

No Need to Talk to Yourself

There is no further reason to challenge ourselves to be obedient– we receive the blessed message of our Lord and Savior, whose blood cries out forgiveness:

"And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." (Hebrews 12: 24)

While Abel's blood cried out for vengeance (Genesis 4: 10), the Blood of Jesus grants us everlasting righteousness (Hebrews 9: 24) and oneness with Him, and heirs of God the Father:

"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3: 29)

What is this promise? The Holy Spirit:

"Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear." (Acts 2: 33)

This Holy Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16: 13), convicting us of righteousness (John 16: 10)

Let us listen to the message and witness of the Holy Spirit within us, not our sense of right and wrong. For the blood of Jesus Christ once and for all has done this:

"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9: 14)

Here, "dead works" speaks of our own efforts to make ourselves right before God, which none of us can do.

So, we must no longer talk to ourselves, saying "I have to do something" or "What if. . .", because such thinking is not in line with the truth, that we are made forever righteous before God, filled with His life by the Holy Spirit, who leads us in the paths of righteousness.

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